The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated that swine flu levels are matching peak seasonal flu levels several months early, with widespread cases in 46 of 50 states.
Swine flu fatalities have also exceeded 1,000, with more than 400 recorded just in the past two months. Nearly 100 of these losses are children. Also with an unusually high death toll is Brazil, with 1,368 recorded fatalities. Worldwide, there have been 5,382 confirmed and reported deaths due to the swine flu. Countries reporting recent rises in human losses include Saudi Arabia, the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, and Âu Lạc (Vietnam).
In addition, increasing waves of infection are expected across the continents. The first wave alone spread so fast that official global counts ceased months ago. Meanwhile, in Mexico, hospitals in the capital of Mexico City are approaching saturation levels as spread of infection accelerates.
Health Secretary Jose Angel Cordova announced that the arrival of Typhoon Rick contributed to the increasing numbers that are affecting five northern states. Many northeastern and southern states are also witnessing a rapid escalation.The rapid escalation raises concern that the country’s health care facilities won’t be able to handle the number of people falling ill, as facilities in Mexico City that specialize in acute respiratory disorders are reported to be near capacity.
We send our prayers for all the flu-stricken, that they may be treated and soon recover.
We also pray for the families who have lost loved ones, and for better, compassionate lifestyles to ensure the prevention of future pandemics.